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Pokémon Go away! Get gamers back to work

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Pokémon GoUnless you have been vacationing in the wilderness for the last six weeks, you can’t but help to have noticed the latest electronic device gaming phenomenon—Pokémon Go.

It seems as if everywhere one looks, people are walking around, heads down, staring at their smartphone screens, looking for Pokémon.

More than 75 million people have downloaded the game since it was released on July 6.

What is Pokémon Go? It’s a virtual reality game in which players use their phone’s GPS capability to locate, battle, capture and train virtual creatures who appear on the screen as if they were in the same real-world location as the player. Players find Pokémon creatures in various locations, including on city streets, in restaurants, on playground swingsets, in stores and even in workplaces like yours.

Chances are, some of your employees are playing Pokémon Go right now, when they should be working. If you don’t have a policy that governs workplace gaming—including Pokémon Go—now is a good time to establish one.

Otherwise, you may begin to see reduced productivity and perhaps even preventable accidents. There have been many media reports of mishaps when inattentive gamers have wandered into traffic or collided with objects in their path.

One option is a rule that bans all gaming at work. This may not be popular, but it’s probably the most effective approach.

Explain the ban in terms of productivity, professionalism to outsiders and the risk of workplace injuries from inattentive Pokémon hunting.

You may also want to make sure that employees fully understand they are prohibited from downloading unauthorized software to company-owned and-issued devices. This applies to all software and apps, not just Pokémon Go.

And finally, you may want to think about trespassing. Game designers and gamers can place Pokémon Go game sites inside your workplace or on your property. If you don’t want strangers hunting Pokémon on your premises, clearly post “No Trespassing” signs.

Then visit this site to remove your Pokémon sites and characters from your buildings and grounds.

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